May 19th, 2014

Distillery Proposed for Cobblestone District

Via Buffalo Rising
by WCPerspective

If you are looking for a fine cocktail or a bottle or case of vodka in coming months, you’ll be able to make one trip to the corner of Michigan and South Park avenues when a pair of projects get completed. Ellicott Development is seeking Zoning Board approvals to allow a distillery to be built on the Nicholson & Hall property in the Cobblestone District. The site is catercorner to Ballyhoo, Tim Steven’s planned cocktail bar and restaurant in the former Malamute tavern building.

Ellicott Development purchased the Nicholson & Hall property at the northwest corner of Michigan and South Park Avenue in October for $950,000. The site has three buildings with 25,426 sq. ft. of space and is directly across from the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

Hospitality industry sources say Lockhouse Distillery will be moving to the 41 Columbia Street site. Lockhouse Distillery is the first distillery to open in Buffalo since the Depression and has seen strong demand for its vodka and ‘artisinal’ spirits. The distillery is currently located in the Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Avenue in North Buffalo.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will be meeting on May 28 at 2 PM to consider the proposal. A distillery is not a permitted use in the zoning district.

May 16th, 2014

Fairmont Transformed

Via Buffalo Rising

For the first time in at least 20 years, the Fairmont Creamery Co. building at 199 Scott Street has a tenant.  Employee benefits firm Liazon moved into one floor of the building on Monday.  The balance of the structure is being built out as apartments, retail space, and additional office space.


The circa-1920 brick building had been vacant since the mid-1990′s. Containing approximately 122,000 square feet, it the tallest structure in the Cobblestone District and is adjacent to the 70-unit Lofts @ Elk Terminal and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.  It was the long-time home of The Fairmont Creamery and later used by Rich Products for refrigerated storage.  A fire damaged the structure in June 1996.


Ellicott Development has owned the property since 2001 and gutted the building some time ago to prepare it for reuse.  Sitting idle and open to the elements, it had been considered one of downtown’s major eyesores.

Office space will occupy the building’s sixth, seventh and eighth floors, thirty apartments are being created on floors three through five, a banquet facility and meeting space are planned on the second floor, and a restaurant is likely for the ground floor.  There will be on-site parking for 140 vehicles.  AP Architects designed the project.

Get Connected: Ellicott Development Company, 716.854.0060


May 7th, 2014

Liazon moving offices to Scott Street

Via The Buffalo News
By Jonathan D. Epstein

Liazon Corp., the Buffalo-based health insurance benefits exchange company that was acquired late last year, will be moving to its new offices in Buffalo next week.

The company will move in to the eighth and top floor of the Fairmount Creamery Building at 199 Scott St. on Monday, as building owner Ellicott Development Co. nears completion of its $14.67 million renovation and conversion of the long-vacant building into a mixed-use project.

Plans call for the 126,000-square-foot building just east of downtown to include 45,000 square feet of office space on the top three floors, up to 30 market-rate upscale apartments on the next three floors, another 15,000 square feet of commercial space on the second floor, retail space on the first floor and a microbrewery in the basement.

Besides the top floor, Liazon also expects to occupy at least one other floor in the building. The company, whose Bright Choices system allows employees to choose from a menu of insurance options using a pool of money set aside by an employer, was purchased by consulting firm Towers Watson for $215 million but maintains its operations in Buffalo.

Ellicott CEO William Paladino said other floors will continue to undergo construction work over the next few months.

May 7th, 2014

Rezoning of old Eggertsville school paves way for redevelopment project

Via The Buffalo News
By Jay Rey

A large redevelopment project in Amherst took a step forward last week with the rezoning of an old Eggertsville school.

The Amherst Town Board rezoned the 3.4-acre property at 1350 Eggert Road, paving the way for the redevelopment of the former Eggert Road Elementary School into apartments and office space.

Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino, wants to begin work later this year, although the project still needs site plan approval from the Planning Board, as well as a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals allowing residential units on the first floor of the mixed-use project.

“We remain hopeful we will be in a position to receive site-plan approval from the Planning Board by the end of the June so that the extensive building renovations and site improvements can begin during the summer or by early fall, at the least,” Thomas M. Fox, the project manager, said in a recent letter to town officials.

The building was the old Eggert Road Elementary School until the Cantalician Center purchased it from the Amherst Central School District in 1982.

The building housed programs for children with developmental disabilities, but when the Cantalician Center consolidated facilities, the property was sold last summer to Ellicott Development for $700,000.

The town considered this an important reuse project, because of its size and location of the building, which is situated on the west side of Eggert, between Main Street and Crosby Boulevard. The project received a unanimous endorsement by the board, which voted 5-0 in favor of the rezoning. “The project is going to be a great fit for that neighborhood,” said Councilmember Guy R. Marlette.

Nearby residents did raise several concerns about the project during public hearings before the Town and Planning boards, but the plan was generally accepted and received an endorsement by the Eggertsville Community Organization, a neighborhood group.

The brick building ranges from a single story at the south end to three stories at the north end.

Plans show a 9,700-square-foot addition at the north end – which would be no higher than the current height of the building – bringing the size of the building to nearly 66,000 square feet.

The project will include 5,100 square feet of first-floor office space, and 38 “upscale” apartments with rents ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 a month. Ellicott Development hopes to target young professionals, empty nesters and senior citizens as renters.

Plans show a total of 94 parking spaces.

“We anticipate it will take approximately seven months to complete the redevelopment project from the date construction begins,” Fox said in his letter. “Our goal is to have completed renovated, upscale apartments and the limited amount of proposed first-floor office space available for occupancy by late spring or early summer of 2015.”